The Pat Hobby Stories by F Scott Fitzgerald A collection of stories about unscrupulous film writer Pat Hobby, a relic from the early days of Hollywood, looking for success in the changing world of the movies. F. Scott Fitzgerald's collection paints a comic portrait of a man unwilling to accept his fate as a thing of the past, an artless, insensitive writer suffering as the decades leave silent film behind. Hobby keeps himself in a world which doesn't respect its elders, particularly not when they are as lazy and scheming as he. Listings: Pat Hobby's Christmas Wish A Man In The Way 'Boil Some Water - Lots of It' Teamed with Genius Pat Hobby and Orson Welles Pat Hobby's Secret Pat Hobby, Putative Father The Homes of the Stars Pat Hobby Does His Bit Pat Hobby's Preview No Harm Trying A Patriotic Short On The Trail of Pat Hobby Fun in an Artist's Studio Two Old-Timers Mightier than the Sword Pat Hobby's College Days--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1896 in St Paul, Minnesota, and went to Princeton University which he left in 1917 to join the army. Fitzgerald was said to have epitomised the Jazz Age, an age inhabited by a generation he defined as 'grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken'.
In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their destructive relationship and her subsequent mental breakdowns became a major influence on his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and The Love of the Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work): six volumes of short stories and The Crack-Up, a selection of autobiographical pieces.
Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940. After his death The New York Times said of him that 'He was better than he knew, for in fact and in the literary sense he invented a "generation" ... he might have interpreted them and even guided them, as in their middle years they saw a different and nobler freedom threatened with destruction.'